My studio soundtrack – Richard Shindell

The most seminal moment in my career as an artist was at a music concert.Photograph of clothesline over watercolor

If you know that my husband of almost 20 years is a musician, it might not be a surprise to hear that music is the largest influence on my work. My home is filled with music and musicians almost all of the time.

However, the pivotal moment artistically was attending a very small, meagerly attended concert of a musician whose name I was vaguely familiar with and whose music I had never heard. His performance that evening made me think differently about what I was doing and wanted to do with my camera. Ever since then, his music has been a constant companion both in the darkroom (olden days) and now as I work in the studio. I can remember standing in the dark printing and hoping that someday my work might resonate with someone the way his does with me, that I might tell a story so completely and so simply.

“Shindell gives the listener a window into these lives, but their story continues long after the window is shut.” (from his website)

I am excited to introduce you to the artist that has such a great impact on me, Richard Shindell. Please explore his website as I really had a difficult time deciding which song to share with you as so many of them are special to me.



  1. Kenny December 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I share your sentiments completely, Chris. Shindell is a true master and one of the finest songwriters of his generation. I saw him in concert just the other day. He was playing support for a better-known English folk duo but I travelled all the way there, just for his performance. He blew everyone away in the precious 35 minutes he played and, I’m sure, won himself a lot of new fans. Absolutely stunning.

    • Chris December 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      Thanks Kenny. I haven’t been to see him live in almost two years, but, the last time I did, I was able to see him on my birthday. Did you see him in the UK?

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